Ornamental Cherries at UBCBG 2018

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    There are a few threads around on the Peter Wharton Cherry Grove next to the parking lot. This one:
    Ornamental cherries at UBCBG
    was from 2015, I think from the year after they were planted.
    2016/2017 photos are at
    Early Spring in the Botanical Garden - the Wharton Cherry Grove
    You can query "cherry" to find the rest.

    'Whitcomb'
    I've decided to start a new thread for 2018 photos, starting with the 'Whitcomb' cherries that seemed to even beat out this cultivar in the West End this year. The flowers were starting to look damaged after the first snow last week; I'm not sure what they look like now. The West End ones have suffered from the second snow, but the colour is still noticeable from a block or two. These photos are from February 20, after the first snow.
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    The same 'Whitcomb' trees four weeks later. Well past peak bloom, but still a nice splash of colour. 'Whitcomb' have the longest-lasting flowers because it's usually so cold when they open that they are slow to age. And often, some open at the first warming, and others wait for the next bout of warm weather, so the tree colour lasts longer than for others, though not all the flowers are open for four weeks. There is often a lovely mix of dark new blossoms and older ones that have faded to almost white.
    I find it interesting how different in shape these three trees are.
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Another three weeks later, April 12, and there are still flowers on these 'Whitcomb' trees. The ones that opened a while ago have faded to almost white. I remember finding a street tree with white flowers a year or two ago, and it took me the longest time to realize that those white flowers I was trying to identify were from a dark-pink-flowered tree that was a month past its bloom time.
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    Douglas Justice's April 2018 in the Garden | UBC Botanical Garden blog is all about cherries, particularly but not exclusively about the ones in the Peter Wharton Cherry Grove. It's worth a read, as he has descriptions and photos.
    Here is the interpretive sign for the grove.
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    I am actually a bit late for the 'Surugadai-nioi'. We only know one location for this cultivar, and it's pretty inaccessible on private property, so it has been hard to keep track of when it blooms. I found it a little fragrant, not as much as I was expecting from the "nioi" in its name.
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    Also in full bloom today is 'Umineko'. The first photo is a little dark, but it shows the fat stars in the centre of the flowers that have always helped me identify this cultivar.
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    'Shirotae' are just starting to open. These are double blossoms, or semi-double, and I have finally been convinced that 'Shirotae' trees are fragrant. I pass two particularly fragrant ones on my morning walk, but but I talked to a person whose balcony is right next to them who said she never noticed the smell.
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    Here are two cultivars not open at all.
    'Ojochin', with purple buds that will open to pinky-white semi-double or sometimes single fairly large flowers for cherries.
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    And 'Gyoiko', with a tag that still says Kizakura, though Douglas Justice writes about it as Gyoiko. The flowers are supposed to be somewhat to very green. This has been a cold year, so maybe less green.
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    I see that I didn't limit this thread to the Wharton Grove in the thread title, so here are a couple more. O-yama-zakura, big mountain cherry, is tagged in the garden with its botanical name Prunus sargentii. This little group that looks like one tree is on the main path in the garden and has white flowers on one part and pink flowers on the rest. The garden is undergoing some construction work and I wasn't able to get into a good position to get the pink flowers.
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    Outside the fence (or are they just inside the fence? Now I don't remember) on 16th are these two trees, with some flowers considerably more pink than others.
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    The row of 'Tai-haku', "great white cherry" along 16th at the garden entrance are just starting to open. These trees are grafted, yes? All the other cherries in the garden are not grafted.
    This cultivar is completely open in Kitsilano, just starting in the rest of the city.
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    April 18, six days later than the photo date in the previous posting, and the 'Tai-haku' along the road are completely open.
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    The 'Shirotae' are almost fully open now.
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    Not so for 'Gyoiko', not even photographed today, and 'Ojochin', one of which has five flowers open. The Stanley Park tree, from which this was cloned, had many flowers open three days ago.
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    'Surugadai-nioi' were already past their prime last time, but I'm posting one photo to mention that today I found it fragrant.
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    'Umineko' are now past their prime, in their red-eye stage.
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